Most people think the problem is a lack of permissions. Even if you are logged on as an admin user, your Windows Explorer is running with ‘user’ privileges. However, on Server 2016, trying to run Windows Explorer with elevated privileges did not work. If you look at the start menu folders, they are “read only”. You can un-set this and the folder will just go back to read-only. I’m pretty sure that Microsoft made this difficult because users could mess with each other by changing program shortcuts. While working with the military, I saw a prank inside IT departments using this. They changed the shortcut for Internet Explorer into the “shutdown -f” command on servers that shouldn’t be using the Internet. Caused some outages, but it sure got the point across. Anyways, for whatever reason, it is difficult. But copying the entire file from your desktop will solve the problem.
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